To give Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy the challenge he craves, he’ll face THREE superstars at the Royal Rumble! Who earns the first two spots tonight?
- Lio Rush VS Kalisto w/ Lucha House Party; Kalisto wins and advances to the Royal Rumble Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way.
- Drew Gulak VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and advances to the Royal Rumble Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way.
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WWE mourns the loss of “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
Drake Maverick welcomes us to the first 205 Live of 2019!
The GM of the Cruiserweight Division has an important announcement later tonight on what’s in store for WWE’s fastest brand in the New Year. But first, we have some high stakes matches on the card! Buddy Murphy wants to prove he’s THE best Cruiserweight in the world, and will take on not one but three challengers at the Royal Rumble. Tonight, two matches will determine two of the three. The Lucha Dragon, Kalisto, will take on the Man of the Hour, Lio Rush. This match will personify speed as Kalisto looks to become a two-time Cruiserweight Champion while Lio could earn his first shot at the title.
Then the main event features one of 205 Live’s fiercest rivalries as The Stamina Monster, Akira Tozawa, takes on the Philly Fury, Drew Gulak. Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick got even with Gulak and Jack Gallagher weeks ago in their Street Fight Tag match, but the war doesn’t end there. Will Gulak make Tozawa tap and win a ticket to the Royal Rumble? Or will Tozawa himself earn a chance at becoming a two-time champ?
Lio Rush VS Kalisto w/ Lucha House Party!
Between the New Year and WWE’s “fresh start”, the 24 Year Old Piece of Gold wants to renew his aspirations for championship gold. Meanwhile, the Lucha House Party would love some gold of their own to make the fiesta even more festive. Who will be the first of three contenders challenging the Juggernaut at the Royal Rumble?
The bell rings and Kalisto circles with Lio. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” and “Lio Sucks!” and Kalisto makes sure Lio hears it. Then things speed up, but Kalisto doesn’t let Lio take the lead. “Lucha! Lucha!” starts up again and Kalisto blocks a kick. Kalisto flips Lio but Lio speeds things up as he rebounds and runs around. Kalisto matches with a handspring and Lio backs off. The matracas rattle and the fans chant “Lucha!” while The Body Guys, Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese, watch backstage and enjoy some protein shakes. Kalisto keeps his eyes on Lio but Lio takes his time returning. Lio then rushes in but Kalisto’s ready for him. Lio SLAPS Kalisto, but that only angers the Lucha Dragon! The chase is on!
Lio goes up and around a post then back in the ring. Kalisto handsprings off the steel steps to then get in, roll Lio and hit him with a Listo Kick! Kalisto keeps kicking but Lio knees back. Lio whips but Kalisto dropkicks Lio! Kalisto kicks Lio more, then runs, but Lio dodges. Kalisto tumbles to the apron, but Lio dropkicks him off! Lio then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit onto Kalisto! Lio grimaces as he drags Kalisto up and into the ring. Lio stomps Kalisto to the corner, then throws haymakers. He stomps a mudhole but fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto CHOPS back! Lio kicks Kalisto then suplexes him down. Lio drags Kalisto up and elbows him in the back. Cover, ONE! Lio keeps his cool as he grabs Kalisto in a camel clutch. Kalisto endures as Lio pulls back, a knee into the back.
Fans rally and Kalisto feeds off the energy. Kalisto fights up and out, then victory rolls! TWO, and Lio clobbers Kalisto with a clothesline! Lio rains down lefts then covers, TWO! Lio puts the camel clutch back on, then grinds Kalisto’s face into the mat. He goes after the face and mask, but the ref reprimands him. Fans rally up but Lio clubs Kalisto. Lio throws Kalisto out, and both Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik check on him while Lio lounges on the top rope. The ring count climbs but Kalisto gets back in at 4. Lio lines up a shot and kicks Kalisto in the head. Lio throws body shots in the corner, then a chop. Kalisto hits back with CHOPS, then runs but into a back elbow! Metalik and Lince coach Kalisto as Lio covers, TWO! The “Lucha! Lucha!” starts again while Lio puts Kalisto in a keylock.
Kalisto endures and the matracas sound. Lio shifts to make it a half straitjacket but Kalisto endures. Kalisto gets up and fights his way out. Kalisto fires off but Lio hits back. They brawl, Lio lets off a strike fest! Lio runs in but is put on the apron. Kalisto swing kicks Lio down! Kalisto aims and knee-boards for a senton! Both men are down but fans fire up. Kalisto gets up first and brings Lio into the ring. Kalisto and Lio stand, Lio heel kicks Kalisto! Lio buzzsaw kicks Kalisto down, but he doesn’t cover. He heads for the corner and climbs up top. Kalisto springs to life to kick Lio back! Kalisto climbs to join Lio now, and the two fight up top. Lio headbutts Kalisto but Kalisto holds on. Lio punches Kalisto down but Kalisto kicks Lio again!
Kalisto climbs back up, picks Lio up, and hits a SUPER back flip power slam! Cover, TWO!! Lio lives and Kalisto can’t believe it! Fans rally and Kalisto stirs. Kalisto stands and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Lio stands and turns around, but denies Salida to go for the underhook. Lio spins Kalisto for the overdrive unprettier! Cover, TWO!! Kalisto survives and shocks Lio! Lio is furious, and he drags Kalisto up to punch him down. He does it again, then tries again. Kalisto counters and jawbreakers! Kalisto springboards, corkscrew crossbody! He kicks away on Lio, mule kick and runs. Lio runs to pump kick! Lio runs into a heel kick! Kalisto walks into a fireman’s carry, and hotshot!
Kalisto goes down and Lio recovers in the ring. The ref counts and the Lucha House Party coach Kalisto up. The count passes 7 as Kalisto stands. Kalisto gets up and gets in at 9.5! Lio is furious now, and goes to a corner. Lio climbs with Kalisto in a drop zone. But the matracas rattle and Lio gets annoyed. Lio tells them to stop, then aims at Kalisto. Lince still shakes the matraca but then Lio kicks it away! Lince gets mad and Metalik keeps hims back. Lio then hits both of them with a dropkick! Lince is ready to fight but he can’t because it’ll disqualify Kalisto. Lio uses that to his advantage, but walks into Salida del Sol!! Cover, Kalisto wins!!
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall; advances to the Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way
Don’t blame Dorado for this one, Lio let himself lose focus, and that lost him the match. Now that Kalisto is headed for a title shot, will he be the one to stop the unstoppable? And who else will join him and Buddy Murphy in that championship match?
Backstage interview with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
Does Gulak see himself as the underdog in tonight’s match after Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick defeated him and Gallagher in that Tag Team Street Fight? There are many words Gulak would use to describe himself, such as “leader” and “submission specialist”, but also “realist”. That match only proved that Tozawa and Kendrick are “low rent brawlers” and got lucky. Is Gulak an underdog? No. Because tonight is not a Street Fight, it is a wrestling match, and rules will be enforced. That puts Tozawa at the disadvantage. When Tozawa steps to Gulak, he will tap out.
Meanwhile, Kendrick helps Tozawa get in some last minute training. Tozawa fires off punch after punch into the pads with Gulak’s face on them, then throws them down on the ground. Both men are determined to settle the score while scoring themselves a spot in the championship match. Their main event is up next!
Drake Maverick speaks.
“Here on 205 Live, a new year means new opportunities.” 2018 saw a remarkable transformation, and with Maverick as GM, there won’t be any resting on our laurels. Maverick did some planning over the holidays, talked with the GMs of other brands, and even scoured all four corners of the globe for any and all great Cruiserweight talent to raise the standard of competition. The WWE Universe can expect new faces to join the roster, and the roster can expect fiercer competition. Maverick wants everyone to step up and rise to the occasion. 205 Live will remain the premier place for the world’s Cruiserweight Division! When and where will we see these new faces make their debuts?
Drew Gulak VS Akira Tozawa!
The Tag Team Street Fight was intense and innovative as The Stamina Monster and the newly shaven Man with a Plan overcame the Submission Commission. However, Gulak spins it that a no disqualification match means nothing to a technical specialist like himself. Will Gulak make up for that hardcore defeat with a sound and traditional victory? Or will Tozawa ring in his new year with a golden opportunity?
The Body Guys watch this match backstage, too, and Nese is still shaking up his drink. The bell rings and fans “AH! AH!” along with Tozawa. Gulak grimaces as he still hates chants and general crowd noise. The two circle and tie up. Gulak gets a headlock and takeover, but Tozawa gets the headscissor. Gulak headscissors back and then hammers Tozawa in the chest. Tozawa moves around and gets free, and the two stand off. Gulak swaggers about and fans boo. Tozawa and Gulak tie up, and Gulak gets the headlock again. Gulak brings Tozawa to the mat, but Tozawa gets up and reverses to a hammerlock and headlock. Gulak drops down to roll Tozawa up but Tozawa denies a cover. Tozawa holds on as they stand up again.
Gulak reverses out to a wristlock, then hooks Tozawa’s face to get the headlock back. Tozawa powers out but Gulak runs him over. Things speed up and Gulak rolls to catch Tozawa in a roll up! TWO, and Gulak narrowly avoids the Penalty Kick. The two stand off again, then tie up. Gulak grabs an ear and puts Tozawa in a corner. Gulak lets go at 4, then grinds his fingers into Tozawa’s face. He backs off at 4 again, and Tozawa fires back elbows. Tozawa scoops but Gulak blocks. Tozawa fakes the chop to hit the jab! Then he hits the scoop slam! And the shouting senton! Cover, TWO! Gulak rolls away and Tozawa takes aim. Gulak goes running, so Tozawa pursues. Tozawa runs into a boot, but blocks the snap suplex.
Tozawa hits back and Gulak gets into the ring. But Tozawa grabs the feet, only for Gulak to shove him into barriers! Gulak drags Tozawa up to scoop and slam him back. Gulak grins as he stands over Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up and into the ring, then covers. TWO, but Gulak smirks as he stomps Tozawa’s back. Gulak springboard stomps, then sits Tozawa up for a half surfboard on the arms. Tozawa endures as Gulak pulls back. Fans “AH! AH!” and Tozawa feeds off that energy to get the ropebreak. Gulak lets go at 4, but drops more springboard stomps. Gulak pulls Tozawa up by his nose, then scoop slams Tozawa fast. Cover, TWO, but Gulak is back on with a chinlock. Tozawa endures and fans rally up again.
Tozawa fights against the hold, but Gulak knees low. Gulak runs, but into Tozawa’s back kick. Tozawa swings, slides under, and swings another kick, but into Gulak’s powerbomb lift. Gulak aims for ropes, but Tozawa huricanrans Gulak out! Tozawa builds speed, Gulak gets back in but gets another huricanrana, for the rolling roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Tozawa keeps going and the fans “AH! AH!” again. Tozawa throws forearms and kicks, then stomps Gulak down. He pushes Gulak into the drop zone and climbs up top. Gulak sees that and gets to the apron. Tozawa kicks Gulak down but Gulak forearms him back. Gulak shoulders in but gets a kick. Tozawa climbs again, guillotine senton! But it’s double edged as Tozawa’s back takes damage from the impact!
A ten count begins and Tozawa slowly stands up. Gulak follows and they’re up at 6. Tozawa fires palm strikes and kicks, then runs in. Gulak dodges the shining wizard for a one handed bomb into the corner! Gulak roars now, and goes for the GuLOCK! Tozawa resists, and uses the corner for leverage. Cover, TWO! Gulak blocks the wizard to hit a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated while Tozawa gets to a corner. Gulak runs into a boot, and Tozawa hops up. Tozawa leaps to sunset flip but Gulak rolls through to powerbomb! High stack, TWO!! Gulak is shocked as well as frustrated as Tozawa survives. Gulak grits his teeth as he glares down at Tozawa. Tozawa fires himself up but Gulak stomps him. Gulak throws hands but Tozawa eggs him on.
They brawl now with back and forth haymakers and forearms. Tozawa gets an edge, runs, and rocks Gulak with a right. Tozawa runs again for another but Gulak still wobbles. The third time, Gulak boots Tozawa, only to run into Tozawa’s boot. Tozawa tries again, tilt-o-whirl into the Octopus Stretch! But Gulak pops out into a horse collar, aka the stretch muffler! Gulak spins Tozawa around, then make sit a cover! ONE, but the hold stays on. Tozawa crawls and reaches as Gulak pulls and stretches. Tozawa endures and gets the ropebreak! Gulak lets go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa and Gulak slowly stand. Gulak goes after Tozawa first with big forearms. Tozawa pushes Gulak into buckles! Tozawa ducks Gulak for the saido suplex! But Tozawa doesn’t cover, he goes up top!
Tozawa aims, but that bad leg slows him down. He leaps, but into the GuLOCK!! Gulak has the body scissors and the dragon sleeper, and Tozawa can only flail and kick! Tozawa moves around then rolls over to the ropes! Gulak lets go but only as both men fall out to the floor. Tozawa gasps for air while a ring count begins. Gulak stands first, and refreshes the count. Gulak CHOPS Tozawa, then throws him at a post! Tozawa blocks and fires off haymakers! Gulak body shots and puts Tozawa in the ring. Tozawa boots Gulak down, then builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits its target! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he puts Gulak back in. Tozawa climbs up top once more, but Gulak trips him up! Tozawa’s bad leg is part of the bad landing, and now Gulak gets an idea.
Gulak SLAPS Tozawa, then climbs! Gulak is bending his own personal rules for the sake of victory. Tozawa resists the superplex but shoves Gulak down. Gulak lands on his feet, and tries from the very top! Tozawa still resists, and Gulak gets nervous knees! Tozawa headbutts Gulak all the way down, and has his target. He stands, and leaps for the Tokyo Tower Senton!! Cover, Tozawa wins!!
Winner: Akira Tozawa by pinfall; advances to the Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way
Gulak gambled and lost! Tozawa outlasts Gulak’s ground game and wins with his aerial assault. THE Brian Kendrick celebrates with his new friend, ready to support the Stamina Monster in that title match. Will Tozawa’s stamina be the key to dethroning Buddy Murphy?
Tony Nese and Buddy Murphy aren’t worried.
The Premier Athlete even feels it just got that much easier for the champion. However, there’s one more match-up to determine the final contender. And speaking of…
Cedric Alexander speaks.
“Hideo Itami needs to understand that I don’t scare easy.” Itami walks around all intimidating, but it doesn’t work. Alexander doesn’t’ care about Itami’s past, because in their future, their rematch will end the same way as the first: Itami on the mat with a bad back, and Alexander having his hand raised.
Ariya Daivari and Hideo Itami respond.
“Cedric, your resilience in the face of adversity is absolutely admirable.” Even after his only friend, Mustafa Ali, left him for the bright lights of SmackDown, Alexander can still pick himself up after every setback. But Daivari assures that Alexander isn’t facing the same Itami from last year. This Itami is a tornado headed for the Royal Rumble. Itami tells Alexander in Japanese and Daivari translates in English, that Alexander may want his title back, but all he’s getting is a “lesson in respect.” Who wins this high stakes rematch to join Kalisto, Tozawa and Murphy at the Royal Rumble?
A pretty great episode right here, and perfect for 205 Live’s first 2019 episode. We get right down to it with two great and lengthy matches, but I do appreciate Maverick’s State of the Cruiserweight Division Address. Maverick uses kayfabe terms to essentially assure us that 205 Live will go on for as long as it can while acting as a Cruiserweight NXT. That is to say, any Cruiserweight class wrestler not quite ready for the main roster will join the purple brand and get some great play. Mustafa Ali could be seen as the prototypical Cruiserweight Call-Up. Ali has had great matches on 205 Live, he’s a complete character and very popular, and even has a great push on SmackDown with pinning Bryan and being in the #1 Contender’s Fatal 5. I can’t wait to see who else joins to then potentially go main roster.
The matches tonight also served to prove a point that 205 Live is where great matches will happen. I think each match got roughly 20 minutes and told great stories. I’m surprised Lio didn’t win, but I suppose him being annoyed and distracted by the matracas was plausible. Tozawa and Gulak had a great match that told the story of their past rivalry over Gulak’s distaste for chanting and high-flying moves. Gulak even made a similar mistake as their past feud when he risks going up top and it blows up in his face. Tozawa wins, but that makes two Faces and one Heel in the match. I was hoping Lio would win because then that’s two Heels and one Face. Cedric being Face and Itami being Heel, the math could dictate that Daivari helps Itami win and we have two and two.
Or WWE could get away from strict Face-Heel dynamics and allow for three Faces and one Heel. It would work really well if Cedric gets his shot, but then can’t get it done because this is a Fatal 4 Way and one of the others capitalizes. As I said for Raw and SmackDown this week, the “fresh start” isn’t really happening until things are completely shuffled. Alexander can detour to face Itami and Daivari, Murphy will lose and not have an automatic rematch, so that way either a two-time champion Kalisto or two-time champion Tozawa gets to use the belt in a program with any number of Heels. Murphy and Alexander could even go from the title to either being another Cruiserweight Call-Up like Ali, or helping get these new Cruiserweight stars up to speed.
My Score: 8.4/10
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (6/18/19)
It was another busy week for CMLL, and The Chairshot has you covered thanks to your friend Joe Dinan! See what happened below.
CMLL at Arena Puebla
Millenium, Tiger Rojo Jr, and Meyer vs Black Tiger, Centella Roja, and Fuerza Chicana
- First Fall: Tigre Rojo pins Chicana with a sunset flip
- Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Millenium with a code breaker
- Third Fall: Tigre Rojo pins Centella Roja with a face buster
This was your typical opener. Back and forth first round with the tecnicos getting the first pin. Second round dominated by the rudos and in the last round the tecnicos got the win. Nothing much else to say as CMLL openers don’t involve much.
Winners: Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr, and Meyer
Stigma, Arkalis, and King Jaguar vs Cosario de Fuego, El Malayo, and El Perverso
- First Fall: Arkalis submits Fuego with a single leg crab
- Second Fall: Fuego pins Stigma with a muscle buster
- Third Fall: Stigma pins Perverso with a jaw breaker
So Cosario is a new face here this week. He looked pretty decent from what I can see. It looks like King Jaguar got hurt in this match briefly but he came back and his teammates were able to pull out the victory. It’s Puebla saw it’s pretty much the formula of the first match except they did a whole lot more. Pegasso was supposed to be in Stigma’s place but he got hurt at the Sunday show.
Winners: Stigma, Arkalis, and King Jaguar
Esfinge, Triton, and Fuego vs Felino, Misterioso, and Tiger
- First Fall: Misterioso pins Fuego with a neck breaker
- Second Fall: Fuego rolls up Felino
- Third Fall: Tiger pins Triton with a power bomb
We get a quick first fall with Misterioso pinning Fuego. In the second round Triton and Esfinge hit middle rope dives while Fuego rolls up Felino. We had some posturing with the midget Felino brings to the ring and then some team work action. Not long after Tiger pins Triton with a power bomb for the win.
Winners: Felino, Misterioso, and Tiger
Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero vs Gran Guerrero, Euforia, and Templario
- First Fall: Cuatrero throws Sanson in the air and he knees Gran Guerrero
- Second Fall: Euforia pins Cuatrero with a pump handle
- Third Fall: Cuatrero launched Forastero into Gran and Templario for the pin
Los Guerrero’s jump Dinamitas to begin this match. We have a brawl on our hands. Dinamitas turn the table and catch Los Guerrero’s slipping and get the first fall. Templario hits a sasuke special while Euforia pins Cuatrero with a pump handle slam. They fight some in the final round until Cuatrero launches Forastero into Gran Guerrero and Templario. They take Templario’s mask as well.
Winners: Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero
Ultimo Guerrero, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Mascara Ano 2000, El Terrible, and Rey Bucanero
- First Fall: Terrible submits Ultimo Guerrero with a boston crab
- Second Fall: NIebla Roja gets Bucanero in a pinning combo
- Third Fall: Terrible pins Ultimo Guerrero with a roll up
Another match that begins with a brawl. Terrible gets Ultimo in a boston crab. They continue to fight each other. Just brawling pretty much and Niebla Roja catches Bucanero in a pinning combo. The final round was a more slowed down back and forth. Ultimo gets Terrible in a submission but the ref gets distracted by Mascara. Ultimo gets upset and then Terrible rolls him up for the win.
Winners: Mascara Ano 2000, El Terrible, and Rey Bucanero
CMLL Arena Mexico Tuesday
Kaligua and Angelito vs Pequeno Violencia and Pequeno Olimpico
- First Fall: Violencia pins Angelito with a senton splash
- Second Fall: Kaligua pins Violencia with a splash off of Angelito’s shoulders
- Third Fall: Olimpico pins Kaligua after getting his feet up on a moonsault
Typical CMLL opener. Violencia and Olimpico hit a double power bomb and Violencia hits a senton to pin Angelito. They also pin Kaligua but there wasn’t any point to it. Rudos double team for the whole second round until a come back is made. Kaligua does a splash off of Angelito’s shoulders on Violencia. Olimpico gets hits feet up on a moonsault by Kaligua and pins him.
Winners: Pequeno Violencia and Pequeno Olimpico
Oro Jr, Robin, and Super Astro Jr vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and Espiritu Negro
- First Fall: Robin pins Raziel with a swanton bomb
- Second Fall: Raziel pins Super Astro with a spinning falcon arrow
- Third Fall: Raziel and Cancerbero submit Robin and Super Astro with a double submission
Most of the first round is spent feeling each other out and grappling. Towards the end everyone starts to trade spots and Robin gets the pin. The second round is quick with the rudos getting the advantage. Raziel pins Super Astro with a spinning falcon arrow. The rudos continue to hold the advantage starting the last round. Raziel and Cancerbero get Astro and Robin in a double submission for the win.
Winners: Raziel, Cancerbero, and Espiritu Negro
(Match Relampago) Virus vs Drone
- Virus pins Drone with a vertabreaker
Drone and Virus grapple for like the first third of this match then Drone hit a nice middle rope dive. Back in the ring Drone goes for his knees in the corner but Virus rolls him up. Drone fights out and fights back. Virus rolls him up again but Drone kicks out. Drone goes for a split legged moonsault but completely misses. So Virus puts his foot on the rope because he’s not gonna look like a fool. Virus hits a middle rope elbow drop. Virus hits a vertabreaker to pin Drone.
Marcela, Sanely, and La Jarochita vs Dalys, Tiffany, and Reyna Isis
- First Fall: Marcela submits Dalys with a surfboard stretch
- Second Fall: Tiffany pins Sanely with a face buster
- Third Fall: Dalys submits Marcela with a torture rack
Lots of fighting going on in this match so far. Sometimes the women aren’t the best wrestlers or luchadors but in my opinion they bring a realistic intensity that guys on their card level don’t. Maybe they feel like they need to prove themselves. Jarochita and Sanely hit sentons on Dalys then Marcela submits her. In this round the rudos get the advantage and do some team work action. Tiffany hits a face buster on Sanely for the pin. The rudos continue to have the advantage in the third round. They start to trade spots and stopping pin falls. Finally Dalys catches Marcela in a torture rack for the win.
Winners: Dalys, Tiffany, and Reyna Isis
Atlantis, Kraneo, and El Audaz vs Mephisto, Hechicero, and Ephesto
- First Fall: Ephesto pins Atlantis with a slingshot splash
- Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero and Ephesto with a splash
- Third Fall: Ephesto kicks Audaz mid air for the win
They feel each other out some but it transforms into the rudos teaming up on the tecnicos. Mephisto power bombs Audaz and Ephesto gets slingshot onto Atlantis for the pin. This round continues with the rudos dominating. Kraneo gets crotched on the barricade. A come back gets made and Kraneo goes to splash Hechicero and Ephesto but Audaz keeps doing it. Kraneo tells him to stop and then he does it. Atlantis and Mephisto square off in the final round. Audaz leaps off of the stage to hit a hurricanrana on Hechicero. Hechicero hits a running knee and a springboard drop kick on Kraneo for the pin. Hechicero throws Audaz in the air and Ephesto kicks him for the win.
Winners: Mephisto, Hechicero, and Ephesto
Soberano, Titan, and Stuka vs El Terrible, Bestia del Ring, and Forastero
- First Fall: Bestia hits a senton on Stuka for the pin
- Second Fall: Soberano pins Terrible with a hurricanrana
- Third Fall: Bestia pins Soberano with a cradle tombstone
We start the match with some grappling. It evolves into Terrible and Bestia getting heat on the tecnicos. Bestia hits a senton on Stuka for the pin. Rudos continue to get heat in the next round. Soberano gets launched and Bestia and Forastero turn their backs. Soberano hits a hurricanrana and pins Terrible. Titan starts hot in the last round, using his agility on everyone. Later in the round Soberano, Stuka, and Titan each hit a middle rope dive at the same time. Terrible catches Stuka with a power bomb and Bestia hits a cradle tombstone on Soberano for the win.
Winners: El Terrible, Bestia del Ring, and Forastero
CMLL Arena Mexico Friday
Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto and Akuma
- First Fall: Akuma pins Star with a muscle buster
- Second Fall: Star pins Akuma with a corner drop kick
- Third Fall: Star Jr pins Akuma with a springboard frog splash
Espanto and Akuma come out on bikes. They spend the early part grappling as usual. Espanto hits a splash on Magia. Akuma pins Star with a muscle buster. Rudos continue to work over the tecnicos. Tecnicos make a come back and Star hits Akuma with a corner drop kick. There’s some back and forth action. Espanto slips on the ropes. Blanca hits a top rope death valley. Star hits a springboard frog splash on Akuma.
Winners: Star Jr and Magia Blanca
Triton, Esfinge, and Rey Cometa vs Polvora, Kawato San, and Tiger
- First Fall: Rey Cometa pins Polvora with a 450
- Second Fall: Tiger takes Triton’s mask for the DQ
They do some typical feeling out grappling. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Tiger. Esfinge gets Kawato in a pinning combo. Cometa hits a 450 on Polvora. There’s a lot of back and forth action in round 2. Trading a lot of spots. Rudos start to team up on the tecnicos. They fight back and hit a pair of middle rope dives. As in all 3 of them hit 2 middle rope dives. Tiger rips Triton’s mask. Esfinge hits a big asai moonsault on Polvora. Kawato runs at Cometa but Cometa hits a Spanish fly off of the apron. Tiger takes Triton’s mask.
Winners: Triton, Esfinge, and Rey Cometa
Valiente, Soberano, and Atlantis Jr vs Cuatrero, Forastero, and Hijo del Villano III
First Fall: Soberano pins Forastero with a lionsault.
Second Fall: Forastero pins Atlantis Jr after being launched into him
Third Fall: Valiente pins Cuatrero with a lung blower
We have some decent back and forth action. Valiente hits a big middle rope dive on Cuatrero. Soberano hits a lionsault on Villano III and pins him. Atlantis Jr and hijo Villano trade blows in this round. After some back and forth Cuatrero launches Forastero into Atlantis Jr and Soberano for the pin. In round 3 the rudos have the advantage. A come back gets made and Soberano and Atlantis Jr hit middle rope dives and then Valiente hits a big one on Forastero. They all trade big moves but the pins get broken. Soberano hits some kind of vortex tornillo to the outside. Valiente hits a lung blower on Cuatrero for the win.
Winners: Valiente, Soberano, and Atlantis Jr
(Match Relampago) Rey Bucanero vs Euforia
- Euforia wins with a roll up
They do some grappling and Bucanero tries to tear at his mask. Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind to the outside. Euforia hits a monkey flip to change momentum. They have a relatively uneventful back and forth. Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind again and goes for a pin but Euforia rolls him up.
(Copa Dinastia) Mistico and Dragon Lee vs Ultimo Guerrero and Gran Guerrero vs Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja vs Mascara Ano 2000 and Sanson
We have the battle royal to determine the order. Sanson and Dragon Lee are the last two remaining.
Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero
- Angel de Oro pins Gran Guerrero with a super kick
Roja and Gran start out together going back and forth. There’s a lot of fast paced action and fighting on the outside. Gran hits a drop kick off of the apron on Niebla Roja. Roja hits a dive over the top rope onto Ultimo. Angel de Oro hits a golden moonsault on Gran. Oro and Roja hit stereo super kicks and Oro pins Gran.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja
Dragon Lee and Mistico vs Mascara Ano 2000 and Sanson
- Mistico submits Sanson with a fujiwara arm bar
Lee and Sanson start out moving fast trading counters. Lee goes to handspring to the outside but he gets caught for a power bomb on the barricade. Ano and Sanson beat on Lee. Mistico knocks Sanson to the outside then he hits an over the top rope dive. Dragon Lee rolls up Mascara for the pin. Lee knees Sanson for a two count. Then Mistico gets him in la mistica for the win.
Winners: Dragon Lee and Mistico
Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja vs Dragon Lee and Mistico
- Niebla Roja submits Dragon Lee with a rock the boat submission
Fast paced action that see Oro and Roja knocking Lee and Mistico to the outside. Oro and Roja hit stereo dives. There’s a lot of high spots in this match. Now Lee and Mistico hit stereo dives. Oro and Roja hit stereo super kicks on Lee but he barely kicks out. Lee then hits the leaping hurricanrana on Roja off of the apron to the outside. Mistico hits a canadian destroyer on Oro. Oro no sells and then hits one of his own. Mistico hits la mistica on Oro to eliminate him. Roja hits a top rope face buster on Mistico and now it’s Lee and Roja. Lee hits a running drop kick but Roja gets his hands on the ropes. Roja hits a flipping DDT on Lee for a close two. Lee hits the corner double stomp on Roja for a close two. Roja hits a poisonranna and then the rock the boat submission on Lee for the win.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja
Austin Theory, Caristico, and Volador Jr vs Rush, Negro Casas, and Cavernario
- First Fall: Rush pins Austin Theory with a corner drop kick
- Second Fall: Austin Theory pins Negro Casas with a neck breaker
- Third Fall: Caristico pins Negro Casas with a roll up
It’s weird that Austin Theory is here cause he might not ever come back. Casas, Rush, and Cavernario jump the tecnicos. Cavernario hits a snap suplex on Volador and Rush hits the corner drop kick on Austin Theory for the fall. Cavernario goes to rip at Caristico’s mask. The tecnicos fight back and Austin Theory pins Casas with a neck breaker move. There’s some brawling on the outside now. Caristico works fast hitting a hurricanrana on Casas, then he fakes a dive. Volador hits a hurricanrana on Rush and then dives over the top. Theory hits a flipping neck breaker and then hits some kind of flipping face buster on Cavernario. Caristico school boys Negro Casas for the win.
Winners: Austin Theory, Caristico, and Volador Jr
Time to pick up a new Chairshot shirt!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/17/19)
Who faces Samoa Joe for the United States Championship?!
It’s the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!
Raw stops in Los Angeles before heading to Tacoma, and has a HUGE match to determine a #1 Contender to the United States Championship! Who wins a Fatal 5 Way to then take on Samoa Joe for the title?
- WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley VS Cesaro; Ricochet wins and will challenge Samoa Joe for the title at WWE Stomping Grounds.
- The Viking Raiders VS ???; the Viking Raiders win.
- 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; The New Day wins.
- The Usos VS The Good Brothers; The Usos win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; The IIconics win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; restarted as…
- Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan, Ringside Ban; Rollins wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.
The Drifter opens Raw in LA, and says he was talking to Anthony Davis. “Why? Why would you want to move to Los Angeles?” Davis said it’s because he’s garbage, and should be with other pieces of garbage. So he moved to a city where the people are more toxic than the air. Elias would rather be anywhere else, but he was invited here by Baron Corbin. And Elias is wearing referee stripes, because HE is the special guest referee for Stomping Grounds! Corbin’s trust- doesn’t matter because Seth Rollins SMACKS Elias from behind! And again! And again! Over and over and over, Rollins unleashes his fury on Corbin’s pick for special guest ref! Rollins then demands a mic so he can speak.
“After every thing I’ve been through with Brock Lesnar, I am done playing games!” Corbin still needs a special guest referee, but Rollins has a message for those who want that position. It is the first and last warning. It doesn’t matter what Corbin promises, but the chair is what awaits them. “So choose wisely!” The Architect opens Raw with a Universal title ultimatum! Will Corbin get anyone to line up for the job now that Rollins is ready to burn them down?
The Miz is here!
The Hollywood A-Lister has his shot at a Stomping Grounds match, but he wants to “check” on Elias real quick. Skull-Crushing Finale for the Drifter! Bobby Lashley comes out next, to SPEAR Elias! The Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t going to be shown up by Miz, it seems. Then Cesaro appears to take Elias for a swing! He goes around and around and around, for just under 10! After Cesaro is the One and Only, Ricochet! Elias sits up, only to get Ricochet’s Code Breaker! But then BRAUN appears! And yes, he finishes Elias off with a MONSTER SLAM! And with that, their massive match is up next!
WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way ELIMINATION Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley VS Cesaro!
After Miz TV became an open forum on last week’s Raw, it is clear Samoa Joe has a long and star-studded list to contend with. They all got to show what they can do to Elias, but what will they do to each other in order to meet the Samoan Submission Machine at Stomping Grounds?
Raw returns with the bell, and Strowman SHOTGUN dropkicks Lashley and Cesaro! Miz and Ricochet go after Strowman but get shoved away. Strowman grabs Cesaro and Lashley to shove them out! Miz hops on for a sleeper hold then Ricochet runs in, only to get run over! Strowman throws Miz off to then throw him across the ring! Lashley returns but gets blasted back out. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, and manages a torture rack lift! Cesaro slams Strowman to the mat! But he won’t stop there, the Swiss Cyborg wants the Neutralizer! But Strowman back drops out of it! Cesaro lands on his feet to springboard, but gets caught! MONSTER SLAM! But Strowman can’t cover, and Lashley runs in, only to get a MONSTER SLAM onto Cesaro! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Cesaro!
Samoa Joe watches from ringside and is impressed, slightly. Ricochet springboards in and Strowman catches him! To ram him into a corner! Then throw him across the way! Miz returns but gets a BOOT! Lashley slips back in, and catches Strowman to a complete shot. Now Lashley tries his strength in snap suplexing Strowman! Lashley hits Miz out of the ring then does the same to Ricochet. But Strowman is up and ready, scoops and SLAMS Lashley! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Lashley!! That’s two men who #GotTheseHands! But then Strowman sees the other two on the outside, and he runs Miz over! Strowman keeps going and BLASTS Ricochet off his feet! He keeps going, to blast Miz again! The Monster roars, then puts Miz in the ring.
Miz makes it to a corner, and Strowman runs in for a monster splash. Strowman keeps going, for a second! He scoops Miz but Lashley returns to SPEAR Strowman! There are no disqualifications, so he AND Cesaro return! Cesaro lifts Strowman for a Neutralizer!! Ricochet doesn’t complain as he gives Strowman the 630 senton! Cover, and it’s a TRIPLE cover! They ELIMINATE Strowman!! The Swiss Cyborg and the All Mighty get even with the Monster Among Men, and Joe just laughs. Strowman glares as he grabs Ricochet to THROW at Lashley! Strowman then drags Lashley up to throw him into barriers! The Monster turns his attention to Cesaro and BLASTS him on stage! Cesaro hits LED walls! But Miz and Ricochet are still in this match. Who makes it back up while we go to break?
Raw returns as Ricochet gets Miz with running headscissors! Miz ends up in a corner and Ricochet runs in, but is put on the apron. Miz slides out and trips Ricochet up! Then Miz goes back in, builds speed but misses the wrecking ball dropkick as Ricochet gets in. Ricochet runs and FLIES, wiping himself and Miz out! Joe is mildly impressed as Ricochet gets Miz back inside. Ricochet climbs a corner but has to land on his feet when Miz moves. Miz runs into boots, and Ricochet slips to the outside. Ricochet bumps Miz off buckles then kicks him away. Ricochet springboards, but into a full nelson! Miz wants but is denied the Finale with a wheelbarrow roll-up! TWO, and Miz kicks low to DDT Ricochet down hard! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps his cool as he goes after Ricochet with It Kicks! He kicks and kicks and kicks, then powers up the buzzsaw. Ricochet ducks but gets another kick. Miz runs into Ricochet’s dropkick-flip, but still ducks the enziguri! Miz knees Ricochet in the leg, but Ricochet rolls him up out of the Figure Four! TWO, and Ricochet hobbles away. Ricochet still enziguris Miz away in the corner. He somersaults, but into the takedown, Figure Four Leglock is on!! Fans rally both ways as Miz puts on the leverage. Ricochet avoids a cover, and works to turn this over. Miz fights him back, keeping the hold from reversing. Ricochet keeps trying, and gets the full turn! Miz endures now, and powers through to put it back on Ricochet! Ricochet gets the ropebreak!
Miz lets go while Joe watches intensely. Miz slowly stands and hobbles over to Ricochet. He drags Ricochet but Ricochet holds ropes. Miz stomps the legs, tries again, but cradle counter! TWO, and Ricochet dumps Miz to the apron. Ricochet can barely run, and Miz springboards, into a CODE BREAKER! Ricochet wills himself to climb up top on one leg! He aims, 630 hits!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship
Samoa Joe keeps a poker face on, but then attacks Ricochet! The Destroyer shows Ricochet no mercy as he shoves him to the ropes. Joe runs but Ricochet dumps him out! And Ricochet manages to FLY again! The King of Flight shows the crusher of dreams what he’s capable of! Will he get to show Joe even more at Stomping Grounds?
The Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, is here!
Stomping Grounds is Sunday, but The Man doesn’t want to wait until then to call out her contender. LA is happy to see Becky as she speaks. “The Man has come around, but now, Lacey Evans, get out here right now.” Week after week, Becky has to see that “dopey head drone on,” but for once, she has to agree with Lacey. The next time they’re within striking distance, Becky will give Lacey what she deserves. Lacey talks about doing whatever it takes to get ahead. Well how about Becky do everyone a favor and kick Lacey’s but all over LA? The Sassy Southern Belle finally appears!
“Lord, would you look at that.” Nobody cares about Becky’s opinion. Becky is mad because she doesn’t understand Lacey. Well Becky understands Lacey likes to talk as slow as humanly possible compared to getting whooped again. Lacey is a tall drink of water and a classy hat, but deep down she’s tough as nails and has been through things that not even The Man could comprehend. Or is this where Lacey tries to pluck on our heartstrings? Well this is Hollywood, so give us an act. Lacey would love a movie about herself. Lacey is not just a lady, she is a real United States Marine. Boot camp by morning and cotillian by night, all with dignity and grace. It’s what the Women’s Division deserves.
Becky knows the story, which is why it’s so hard to see why Lacey does this. Why does Lacey attack cowardly? Becky respects who Lacey was, but who Lacey is now is just trash. Well it’s what all of WWE needs. They need a legitimate, confident and classy lady to set an example. Not a “nasty” like Becky. Becky can be beat. She’s down to one belt, but- Becky grabs Lacey for a Becksloder! Becky holds her belt high, but will she be able to knock Lacey off her high horse once and for all?
The Revival visit Shane’s VIP Lounge!
The Best in the World and Scottish Terminator welcome the Raw Tag Team Champions and offer them a drink. They’re all still celebrating their recent triumphs, but will the party last past Stomping Grounds?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
The Lone Wolf knows Elias is now out as guest ref after what Rollins, and all those other superstars, did to him. How much is Corbin scrambling to find a replacement? He’s not scrambling at all. What happened happened, but Corbin has a lot of great choices left. He has someone in mind, and he’ll reveal them on a special edition of the Kevin & Sami Show. But then Rollins finds and SMACKS Corbin! Rollins would offer Corbin a seat, but he has work to do. Will the Lone Wolf lose his confidence with Rollins and that steel chair still roaming the halls?
The Planet’s Tag Team Champions appear on Raw!
The Wild Card Rule brings the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan, over, and Bryan knows why. “Because this place sucks.” Bryan means both Raw and Los Angeles. Everyone knows that LA is the smog capital of America, and is filled with ignorant and impotent people! But Rowan & Bryan will lift you up out of the smog and educate you, as well as excite you! Tonight, Bryan will do that by destroying Universal Champion, Seth Rollins. He will prove that even one half of the Planet’s Tag Team Champions is better than all of Raw, showing the Raw Tag Team Division that SmackDown has the best team in history! Prepare to be excited! But wait! Here’s something truly exciting: the return of the Viking Raiders!
The Viking Raiders VS ???
Erik and Ivar are back and ready to continue where they left off! Will they continue on their warpath at the expense of Russ and Randy Taylor?
The bell rings and Erik gives shotgun knees to Russ! Then he drags Randy in to throw him overhead! Tag to Ivar and the Raiders give Randy the springboard lariat German Suplex combo! Then they feed Russ to THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
Russ and Randy just went through a #VikingExperience they’ll never forget! But will the war spread from Raw to SmackDown thanks to the Wild Card Rule?
Who is that in the crowd?
It’s R-Truth and Carmella in disguise!! Well they have to keep the WWE 24/7 Champion safe. But too late! Everyone from Robert Roode to No Way Jose to Cedric Alexander are after him! They go under the ring, but they LED boards prevent anyone from getting through. So the only side left to them is opposite hard camera! The horde of contenders drags someone out from under the ring! It’s… Titus O’Neil!? Was he waiting for Truth under there? Carmella and Truth run out the other side! The chase is on, #RunTruthRun!
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn go over things with Baron Corbin.
The music hits, and it’s time for their talk show! What will these two have to ask Corbin after the break?
Heath Slater visits Shane in the VIP section.
He was hoping to talk with the Best in the World about something, but they’re in the middle of having a meal. Slater didn’t mean to interrupt, but he just figured, since #IGotKids is real, and the kids are getting older, money is tight. Can he get a raise or something? That takes a lot of balls to come in here and ask for stuff. Shane has kids, too. But he also has a lot of money. The answer is no. But, Slater can walk out on his won. This is a private party. McIntyre will take care of things.
Slater gets on the phone with the family, but McIntyre comes by to talk with Slater. He apologizes. It hurts to see Slater like this. McIntyre will do something for his old pal. Slater doesn’t want a handout, but McIntyre insists. He brings out his wallet, but drops it on the ground. Slater bends down to get it for him, but McIntyre attacks! The Scottish Terminator doesn’t care about 3MB as he slams Slater into the cases over and over! The Revival get McIntyre off him, because McIntyre needs to save his aggression for Roman Reigns on Sunday. Also Scott Dawson pockets some of McIntyre’s cash. McIntyre calms down, the Revival pick up the rest of McIntyre’s money, and they leave Slater down and out in the hall. What will become of the One Man Band now?
Raw returns to the Kevin & Sami Show!
This is a special night because the show returns at all! Kevin apologizes Sami for the lack of new graphics. “Thanks a lot, Bob!!” Bob’s incompetence aside, they introduce the former acting GM of Raw, the multiple time Golden Gloves boxing champion, the former WWE United States Champion, former Mr. MITB, and the man who retired Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania, “LA’s Favorite’s Son,” Baron Corbin! LA boos Corbin as he joins Kevin and Sami in the ring. The first thing Sami says to Corbin is that this is a safe space. This is a safe work environment, which is more than Sami can say about the WWE as a whole!
Just look at what Rollins did to Elias, and then to Sami when Sami was a referee! There have been zero repercussions, so sadly, Sami must step down as a possible referee candidate. Kevin does so, too, in solidarity with Sami. But these two felt there are still plenty of great choices, so please, Corbin, who did you choose? Corbin had a line outside the locker room! But here is a man who can certainly count 1 2 3. Drum roll please, for… EC3! The Top One Percent is now the Top One Official! But then Rollins SMACKS EC3, too! The Architect shows no mercy as he keeps his promise to the roster! Corbin can’t believe this! Is Rollins going to keep doing this? He’s taking an opportunity for an up-and-coming superstar? Well, back to square one.
Awwwww~ LA~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your WWE Champion, and FEEL~, the POWER~! Kevin tries to figure out the math on Wild Cards, but the New Day just help lay EC3 to rest. Sami has the music stop to confront them. They aren’t guests on the Kevin & Sami Show. And they’re not supposed to be here per Wild Card Rule rules! Please go away. Well first, the WWE Champion gets to go where he wants, when he wants! And then he’ll bring his boys because that’s what fans want! Kofi Kingston shouldn’t worry about all that stuff! He should worry about losing his title! If it isn’t Ziggler at Stomping Grounds, it’ll be Kevin the next time! Oh like at Money in the Bank? Wait, nope. He did not do it!
And when it comes to Ziggler, Kofi has him where he wants him: inside a steel cage! No more running, no more sneak attacks, it’ll be a war! And then Kofi will still be our W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Corbin figures that referee issues aside, Kevin and Sami can still help Corbin beat the New Day back to SmackDown where they belong! Well is that a challenge? If only they had an official out here to sanction this match. But who? Who who who? Oh, EC3 is still wearing the stripes. The New Day help EC3 up so that he can still fulfill his duties! In a very Weekend at Bernie’s way… So would he mind being an official for this match? “Sure I’d love to! This match is officially a Six Man Tag team match! And that match is gonna be happening… riiiight now~!”
Well then, will the New Day keep rolling now that they’re back at 100%? Or will the Lone Wolf gain some last minute momentum with the help of Sami & Kevin?
AJ Styles is in the trainer’s area.
The Phenomenal One is good to go! But wait, Doctors Anderson and Gallows visit their old buddy real quick. No, wait, no! Guys, c’mon, Styles is fine! He doesn’t need you guys to check up on him. But he was wondering where they’ve been. They all debuted three years ago in Staples Center. They dominated the Usos, and have been cool ever since. Well, they were cool in Japan, too. But they’ve had great matches with all the big names. And arguably the best team on the planet, the Usos. But seriously? Did these two get comfortable? They made money and have great stuff at home, but how about winning? How about being on TV? How about being anywhere?! Time to get serious again. Styles misses the old Gallows & Anderson.
Styles wants serious? Speaking of the Usos, they’re having another match with them. Let’s see who is serious when they beat the best team on the planet, again.
2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as these teams sort out, and yes, this match has been upgraded! What will it take for a trio not to win once but twice in the same match?!
Woods starts with Sami and they tie up. Sami gets the arm and pulls the fingers. Woods endures as Sami grinds his shoulder. LA rallies for New Day as Woods spins through to wrench Sami back. Sami slips around and wrenches Woods, but Woods spins and rolls and wrenches Sami! But Sami puts Woods in a corner and throws a big forearm. Sami whips Woods corner to corner but Woods goes up and over. Woods speeds things up and slides to hit a roaring elbow! Cover, ONE! Woods keeps on Sami but Sami pushes him to their corner. Tag to Kevin and the frenemies beat Woods down. Kevin stomps away then says, “This is MY show!” Fans boo as he tags in Corbin, and Corbin stomps Woods now.
Big E runs in but the ref keeps him back. Corbin taunts Big E then drags Woods up for a knee. Corbin mocks the New Day clap then punches Woods back down! He drags Woods up and elbows Woods in the head. He has Woods in a half nelson and grinds him to the mat. Fans rally up and Woods powers up. Corbin back suplexes, Woods lands on his feet and enziguris Corbin down! Both men are down but Kevin tags in. Kevin stomps Woods down and taunts the New Day. Kevin drops a senton, but onto knees! He tags Sami, and Sami drags Woods away. Woods punches Sami but Sami whips Woods away. Woods rolls Sami up, The new Day win the first fall!
New Day – 1; Corbin-Kevin-Sami: 0
A huge advantage for #Kofimania and his team, but will they pull off the sweep after the break?
Raw returns with the second fall, and Corbin stomps away on Big E in the corner. Fans boo and jeer but Corbin soaks it up. Corbin tags Kevin and Kevin stomps Big E now. Kevin rains down rights then drops more stomps. Sami gets cheap shots in behind the ref’s back. Kevin mocks Kofi as he returns, then goes after Big E with a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin tags Sami in and they mug Big E. Sami throws down hands fast and furious! LA boos while Sami boasts “That’s how you do it!” Sami goes back to Big E with haymakers, but Big E fights back! Big E throws hands on everyone but Sami punches him back. Sami mule kicks Big E, then runs, but Big E throws him out!
Big E hurries but gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin waves mockingly at Kofi before covering, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed and tags in Corbin. Corbin goes to Big E in the corner to whip corner to corner and hard! Corbin grins at The New Day as he drags Big E up. He throws big hands on Big E, then tags to Sami. Corbin holds Big E in the corner for Sami to stomp and punch. Sami tags Kevin and Kevin bumps Big E off buckles. Kevin throws haymakers of his own, then hits Woods just because! Kevin runs at Big E but Big E dodges, sending Kevin into post! The fans rally up but Kevin returns, only to get a belly2belly! Hot tags to Kofi and Corbin! Kofi rallies on Corbin and dropkicks him, to then hit a leap- Corbin throws Kofi into a corner! But gets a swing kick!
Kofi climbs up and leaps, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! But Kofi knocks Corbin down with a Penalty Kick! And then adds on the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! LA fires up with Kofi as he goes to the corner. Kofi takes aim at Corbin, but has to swipe at Sami. Kofi runs into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Woods breaks it up! Big E gets kicks from Sami and Woods gets punches from Kevin. Corbin drags Kofi up, whips him in, but misses in the corner. Corbin slides out, in, but misses Kofi to hit Sami! Kevin gets upset with Corbin, and the two argue. Kevin SUPERKICKS Corbin! Sami and Kevin leave Corbin behind! Kofi gives Corbin some Trouble in Paradise! Cover, the New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, 2-0
And there’s the sweep! The Lone Wolf can’t get anyone to stick by his side, how is he supposed to have a special guest referee? As for Kofi, will the dream come true continue past Stomping Grounds?
Alexa Bliss finds Nikki Cross backstage.
The Goddess has a gift for her! A new mug! No, not the mug, the thing in the mug. Oh a scroll! “The Goddess invites you to join her tonight in the ring for a Women’s Tag Team title match versus the IIconics.” OMG really? Nikki’s first title match in the WWE! Alexa knew Nikki would be upset that they didn’t just win their way, so Alexa worked her magic to get them this. Plus, with Stomping Grounds, Alexa becomes a SmackDown Women’s Champion that treats the fans right. What does that mean? Just more Bayley drama, no need to worry about that. Tonight is about them becoming tag champions together. Nikki is so excited! Try decaf. But energy levels aside, will the Goddess and the Twisted Sister take those titles off Peyton & Billie?
Paul Heyman returns to Raw!
The Advocate to the Beast introduces himself as he always does, representing Mr. MITB 2019, BROCK, LESNAR. Now forgive Heyman, he’s not that comfortable being on Raw with Rollins smashing people with that steel chair. But again, Heyman is not the threat to Rollins. He makes it very clear to Rollins and the WWE Universe: Heyman is NOT going to be Corbin’s guest referee at Stomping Grounds, nor does he want to be. If Corbin were to offer that position, Heyman would respectfully decline! You’d have to be an idiot to take that job because of the beating from Rollins in your future!
Which is why Heyman thought of something. What do the LA Lakers and Seth Rollins have in common? “They both traded away their balls!” The Lakers gave up Ball so LeBron could have a playmate. Rollins gave up his balls for a steel chair because that’s the only way he’s man enough to fight Brock Lesnar! And to be clear, Brock Lesnar knows how to swing a steel chair, too. So if Rollins is still here, and if Rollins has a match, and against someone like Daniel Bryan, then Rollins is vulnerable. So maybe, just maybe, Lesnar shows up to Raw, too. But then again, maybe not? Heyman wants Rollins to keep guessing that it’s Sunday, or next Monday. Heyamn doesn’t know, the fans don’t know, but most importantly, the future former reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins doesn’t know.
Baron Corbin talks with Eric Young.
This would be a great opportunity for him to be the referee. EY will consider it, and he wont’ forget Corbin reaching out to him. But then as he turns the corner, he sees Rollins. EY refuses the offer! He did, he really did! He doesn’t look good in stripes, he’s not good at being a ref. Relax, they go back a long way. Rollins knows EY wouldn’t turn on his old pal. But Rollins still SMACKS him down! And again, and again, and again! The Beastslayer has become a mad man, all because of Corbin and Lesnar.
The Usos speak.
“It feels like the Good Brothers, they trying to turn up tonight, Uce!” Those two have something to prove? Well then this is a warning to everyone! Run up, get done up! Raw becomes the Uso Penitentiary up next!
The Usos VS The Good Brothers!
AJ Styles got Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows fired up, wanting his pals to return to old form. Will this be the resurrection of The Club? Or will they fall short as Jimmy & Jey look to #LockDown the whole Raw Tag Team Division?
Raw returns as both teams make their entrance in turn. The teams sort out, and Gallows starts with Jey. They circle and tie up, and Gallows shoves Jey down. Jey gets to a corner but Gallows kicks Jimmy down! Jey uppercuts Gallows then ducks to throw more. Anderson tags in as Gallows uppercuts Jey down! Gallows fireman’s carries and Anderson runs, BOOT O’ DOOM! Cover, TWO!! The Club almost had it, but Anderson keeps on Jey with a rain of rights. Styles watches backstage, cheering his boys on. Anderson clobbers Jimmy on the outside before going back to Jey with a grinding chinlock.
Jey endures and fans build to a rally. Jey gets up and fights out with body shots. Anderson blocks the kick and ducks the dragon whip enziguri, to clobber Jey with a clothesline! Anderson grins as he soaks up the heat. He throws up the Too Sweet and fans join in. Tag to Gallows via Too Sweet, and they drag Jey up again. Gallows suplexes, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS Anderson down! Gallows throws Jimmy out but misses Jey! Jey tags Jimmy then SUPERKICKS! Double SUPERKICKS take Gallows down! Cover, the Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
Styles is frustrated, but so are Gallows & Anderson. Did their egos cost them against the best team in the WWE today? Can they make their comeback next time?
The Best Posse in the World continues their celebration.
Shane makes sure his boys are okay, and yes, they’re definitely having a good time. But with Roman Reigns waiting at Stomping Grounds, will the good times come to an end?
Roman Reigns returns to Raw!
The Big Dog is again a Wild Card as he walks out to the ring. Stomping Grounds will be the battleground for Roman and Drew McIntyre, and naturally Roman is still in a bad mood from that “loss” to Shane McMahon at Super Showdown. Roman picks up the mic as LA cheers. “What’s going on, LA?” Super Showdown was not a good look for Roman, but he won’t make excuses. Excuses aren’t entertaining. But you know what is entertaining? Roman whooping some ass tonight! So Roman will give Shane the opportunity to prove he is a man by actually going 1v1 with him tonight.
But Shane talks via titantron. There is some business that needs to be taken care of. Mike Rome introduces “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOORLD~,” despite Shane not being ringside. Shane knows Roman is frustrated, but he shouldn’t be. He lost to the Best in the World. There’s no shame in that. The #TopGuys said that was so hot, it was 102 but felt 150. Roman can’t take the heat, Shane’s Mr. Fahrenheit. But when it comes to this open challenge of sorts, it’s gonna be a no. Shane is chilling. Be more concerned with your Stomping Grounds opponent. McIntyre tells Roman to listen. The only reason McIntyre isn’t tearing Roman apart now is because of Shane. But at Stomping Grounds. McIntyre will kick Roman’s ass, take his name, and beat Roman down until it is uncomfortable to watch. And then McIntyre might pin him.
But the night doesn’t end there. It ends when McIntyre disfigures Roman to the point of Roman’s own children screaming in horror when they see him. Roman has had enough of all this talk, he heads to the backstage area! Shane hears word of this, and the posse moves into action! Roman finds and beats down The Revival first! Dawson ends up in the bathroom and Dash gets thrown into a garage door! Roman finds the VIP lounge, where Shane is still standing! Roman uppercuts McIntyre, then throws him into walls! He SPINEBUSTERS McIntyre through the buffet table! Shane crawls away but The Big Dog hunts him down! They end up at ringside again! Shane leaps the barrier in a single bound, but Roman does, too!
Roman rains down rights then throws Shane into barriers! And then rains down more hands! Roman puts Shane in the ring and takes aim from the corner. He locks ‘n’ loads, for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Down goes Shane! But Roman won’t stop there, he lets out the battle cry! Shane stands, to get a SPEAR!! The Big Dog finally takes a bite out of the Best in the World! Roman takes the mic back to say, “Crawl to the back and tell Drew I’ma whoop his ass Sunday.” Will Roman crush the Celtic Colossus and make Stomping Grounds his Yard?
SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, hangs out with Raw superstars, Naomi and Natalya!
These three share memories of good times from their days together, but then Charly Caruso comes by to interview Bayley. What does she have to say to Alexa’s wild accusations of Bayley being a social media bully? Wait, what? There’s even a post saying Bayley wouldn’t take pictures with fans just because they wore Nikki Cross merchandise. Well that’s obviously Alexa posting it! Bayley will sort this out soon enough.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Finally, the so-called fighting champions will defend their titles! Peyton Royce & Billie Kay return to Raw to defend the cross-brand belts against the Goddess of Raw and her crazy new compatriot. But will Alexa’s true colors be shown before going for SmackDown gold on Sunday? Or can she keep the wool over Nikki’s eyes long enough to become a Women’s Triple Crown winner?
Raw returns as Billie & Peyton make their entrance. They made it to the city of angels! Tinsel Town! Stars and A-Listers! Which is perfect for them to defend their Women’s Tag Team Championships in! Against…? Alexa & Nikki! Seriously? Were there no other teams available? Well Alexa was a champ, and she’s tagging with Nikki. That’s like LeBron’s career. He was champion with other teams, and then came to LA and lost. Aw, poor LeBron. The only ones here with bright futures are the two with titles. They are the future, and the future is IICONIC! Strike the pose! But then Nikki and Alexa make their entrance, and we begin this long-awaited tag title match!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. But wait! Bayley makes her own appearance! She wants to make sure Alexa remembers their match is Sunday. Will Alexa be able to focus? Find out, after the break.
Raw returns again, and Alexa starts with Billie. Billie talks trash to tiny, tiny Alexa, but Alexa SLAPS her! Billie gets mad and throws Alexa down by her hair! But then Alexa yanks her into buckles and stomps away! Alexa shouts at the ref for counting, then SLAPS Billie again! Alexa scares Peyton off but Billie gets a sneak attack in. Tag to Peyton, and the IIconics wring, kick and kick Alexa down. IICONIC pose. Bayley looks aggravated by them. Alexa rolls Peyton, TWO! Tag to Nikki, and she throws Peyton around with arm-drags! She Oklahoma Rolls Peyton, TWO! Jawbreaker! Peyton staggers and Nikki dropkicks her down! Nikki climbs up top and leaps, but her crossbody flops! Tag to Billie, and she covers Nikki fast, TWO!
Billie argues with the ref then goes after Nikki at the ropes. She stomps Nikki then clubs her to the IIconic corner. Tag to Peyton and they mug Nikki. Peyton knocks Nikki down then hooks on a half nelson and chinbar. Fans rally for Nikki, which Bayley is all for. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down. Cover, TWO! Peyton is furious now, and she drags Nikki over to tag Billie. The IIconics mug Nikki more, and Billie grinds her boot into Nikki. The IIconics say Nikki is nothing, but she fights out! Nikki clubs away on Billie, then headbutts and whips. Billie holds ropes and kicks back, then clobbers Nikki with a forearm. Billie pushes Alexa off the apron, and Bayley confronts Alexa on the social media lies. Alexa shoves Bayley down!
Meanwhile, Nikki clobbers Billie down! Nikki hits Peyton but Billie rolls Nikki! Bayley goes after Alexa! The IIconics win!!
Winners: The IIconics, by pinfall; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Bayley just cost Alexa and her “friend,” which only helps Alexa’s narrative seem more believable to Nikki. But lies aside, will Alexa truly be the first Raw superstar to hold the SmackDown Women’s Championship?
Alexa and Nikki regroup backstage.
Alexa apologizes, and asks if Nikki’s okay. If only Bayley didn’t interfere, there’d be new women’s tag team champions tonight. Nikki sees Bayley’s true colors! Bayely crushed Nikki’s dreams. But Nikki wants Alexa to do that to Bayley. Nikki will be in Alexa’s corner! Is this all according to plan?
Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Well hey, there! Bray Wyatt is just gardening. Our minds are a lot like gardens. All anyone needs is some water, some sun, and then your ideas will grow! But some ideas are full of worms. Those are no good! There will be people who lie to you. Like people saying the Earth is round. Or that dinosaurs are extinct! What do any of them know? But Brya knows what it’s like to be different. That’s why he built this place! So that we could all be together forever! Him, Mercy, Abby, the again repaired Ramblin’ Rabbit, Ham, Devil Vince. Join them where the fun never has to end. Yes, join us. JOIN US!! “People worship what they fear. Fear is power. Follow the leader.” And do the muscle man dance! REMIX!
The Fiend?! He’s back!? “FOLLOW THE LEADER!!” And let him in.
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
He vowed to destroy Seth Rollins, but Rollins has been destroying a lot of other superstars. What will he do about the super aggressive Architect/ Bryan has a question for them: why has no one taken that chair from Rollins? Is it because management likes seeing Rollins on a rampage? But in the end, Rollins is NOT a better wrestler than Bryan! The Beastslayer has been a badass with the chair, but he has never done and never will do is beat Daniel Bryan! Will the SmackDown Tag Team Champion defeat Raw’s top champion here tonight?
Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!
Raw returns as the Planet’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance! But of course, the Universal Champion isn’t far behind, and he still has that chair! The chair is bent and dented from all the damage it’s done, but will Rollins need to use it a little bit more tonight? Or can he have his match with Bryan and get out before a cash-in?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with Bryan. They tie up and Bryan headlocks to a takeover. Rollins headscissors but Bryan pops out. They go again and roles reverse as Rollins gets the headlock takeover. Bryan stands up instead to power out, but Rollins runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan tosses Rollins out. Bryan builds speed but Rollins punches him away! Rollins springboards for the lariat! Bryan bails out and Rollins runs to DIVE! Direct hit into barriers! Rollins gets back in and keeps going, to DIVE into Rowan’s claws! IRON CLAW to the apron!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
Big Red doesn’t care about DQ’s as he clubs away on Rollins in the ring! Bryan soaks up the heat and Rowan sets Rollins up for the Knee Plus! But then The New Day come out! They go after their old enemies, Trouble in Paradise for Bryan! But then Kevin and Sami come in to go after them! And the Revival, too! They go after Woods, Kofi and Big E, but then the USOS come in! The Usos want after the Revival, and it’s just a crazy brawl! The Usos throw the #TopGuys out, then DOUBLE SUPERKICK Rowan! Big E clotheslines Rowan out! These five fire up and the Usos DOUBLE FLY! They bowl over everyone! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” as referees and security come out!
Bryan and Rollins are still in the ring and there’s going to be a RESTART! There will be a ban for everyone else at ringside, what happens now that things are truly 1v1?!
Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan!
Raw returns once more with the bell! Rollins and Bryan go at each other fast and furious! Rollins whips but Bryan holds ropes. Bryan dumps Rollins way out and hard! Bryan fetches Rollins to throw him into the steel steps! The ref begins a ring count, but Bryan drags Rollins in at 5. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! Bryan runs again, into a clothesline! Both men are down, but LA rallies up for Rollins. Rollins and Bryan slowly stand and Rollins throws punches and chops! He CHOPS then whips, but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan runs, dodges, but gets a Slingblade! Cover, TWO!
Rollins keeps his cool as he gets to his feet. He glares at Bryan as he stomps, “Burn It Down!” Fans chant along and Rollins aims. Mule kick and run, but Bryan avoids the stomp to roll Rollins up! TWO, and Rollins rolls Bryan! TWO, Bryan covers, TWO! Rollins and Bryan stand on wobbly legs, but Bryan throws heavy European Uppercuts. Rollins CHOPS back, and we go back and forth. Then Rollins switches to haymakers and so does Bryan. Bryan goes back to EuroUppers, but the kick misses. He catches the Pele into an Ankle Lock! Rollins flails and reaches, but Bryan shifts his grip to a waistlock, trapped-leg German Suplex! But Rollins falls out of the ring!
LA loves the action as Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan leaps for a flying knee! Rollins goes down hard! Bryan soaks up the heat then drags Rollins up and in at 5 again. Bryan takes his time climbing up high, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up to join Bryan, but Bryan holds on. Bryan fights back with body shots and then headbutts Rollins down. But Rollins is right back up! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow countered! To a LaBell Lock!! Rollins flails and endures as he reaches for ropes again! He claws and crawls, but Bryan shifts to a double arm! But Rollins uses his leg for the ROPEBREAK!
Bryan lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and grimaces as he gets to his feet. Bryan gives Rollins the Yes Kicks! Or should they be the Planet’s Kicks? The buzzsaw hits! Bryan then takes aim at Rollins from a corner. Rollins stands, but catches the knee into a BUCKLE BOMB! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Rollins can’t believe it! But Rollins just keeps moving, going up top. Rollins leaps, but onto knees! LABELL LOCK RETURNS! Rollins endures all over again, but pries out to high stack! TWO, PELE! CURB STOMP! But Rollins has to crawl to his cover, Rollins still wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Finally, the Architect has a win over Daniel Bryan! But just as he gets on stage, Corbin SMACKS Rollins with a chair! This is the Lone Wolf’s revenge from earlier tonight. Corbin SMACKS Rollins again! And again! Corbin drags Rollins into the ring and then drags him up for End of Days! Corbin holds the title up as if he’s already won! But who will his special guest referee be?
Well this was definitely another go-home Raw. There was so much promise going into this, but a lot of it got squandered. We started off better by having Rollins just beat the snot out of Elias as he issues his warning. He got to do a lot of beating of random superstars, which I feel like Rollins needed at this point. There’s only so much you can do with “paranoia” over Mr. MITB cashing in. Rollins should’ve used silver Sharpie to make notches for all the superstars he beat the crap out of. That chaos to “ruin” the “main event” was pretty good, with pretty much the best of both shows’ tag team divisions going after each other. I would love if SmackDown used this to create a massive tag team championship match for no later than Extreme Rules, with the winners being both SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions.
I just wish The Good Brothers/The Club would get back on track towards those belts. It was a good move to have AJ Styles give them a kick in the pants, but I suppose it is a bit soon for them to snap back. This story should give all three something to do for the Summer, and maybe all three are in line for titles come Summerslam. And I really liked how the Shane & Friends stuff turned out. First with Heath Slater, that gets Slater more Face sympathy while getting McIntyre more Heel heat. And then Roman finally gets to just dominate Shane the way he should have at Super Showdown. Roman VS McIntyre should be a good match, but I do dread Shane getting revenge by screwing Roman over again. Maybe this is meant to lead to Extreme Rules, too.
Raw did not do a good job of making it clear that the Fatal 5 contender’s match was Elimination style. But upon realizing it was, that was a smart choice. And I’m honestly surprised it’s Ricochet first up, I thought it’d be Strowman. But they did good at switching that on us, Ricochet VS Joe will be a great match. I don’t see Ricochet winning, though, because I feel it’s much more likely Samoa Joe moves on to face Miz at Extreme Rules for their own intensely personal match. But then Raw basically relies on SmackDown’s teams with that Six Man Tag. Being 2 out of 3 was a great move, if just to stretch for time. Woods & Big E VS Kevin & Sami, however, that’s just to fill the Stomping Grounds card. I wonder if that changes given the tag team brawl and my idea for the titles.
Once again, we see Vince doesn’t care about the Women’s Tag Division, and quite literally puts his plans for the singles titles above it. The IIconics VS Alexa & Nikki was just a framing device to create more heat between Alexa and Bayley. Though I will say, this is good use of the three involved in the SmackDown Women’s Championship scene. Nikki is falling hook, line and sinker for Alexa’s evil plan, and it might actually get Alexa the title. Between this and both tag titles possibly going to the same team, the Brand Split should just end with Summerslam and certainly before SmackDown goes to Fox. We NEED the Kabuki Warriors! And while fans love Becky, she and Lacey didn’t do that much. Their promos were good, but it was just a fast beat down and that’s all, because Becky surely wins again.
My Score: 7.5/10